2019 Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland) 

 2017 Jean-François Côté (Université du Québec à Montréal)

2016 Joe Kotarba (Texas State University)

 2015 Diane Vaughan (Columbia University)

2014 Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads University)

2013 Joan Fujimura (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  2012 Donileen Loseke (University of South Florida)

 2011 Clinton Sanders (University of Connecticut)

2010 Ruth Horowitz (New York University)

 2009 Eviatar Zerubavel (Rutgers University)

2008 Karin Knorr-Cetina (University of Chicago) 

2007 Gary Cook

 2006 Norman Denzin (University of Illinois, Urbana)

 2005 Clark McPhail (University of Illinois, Urbana)

 2004 Christine Williams (The University of Texas at Austin)

2003 Irwin Deutscher (Emeritus)

2002 Elijah Anderson (Yale University) 

 2001 Stanford Lyman (University of California, Berkeley)

2000 Joane Nagel (The University of Kansas, Lawrence)

1999 Jaber Gubrium (University of Missouri) 

1998 Laurel Richardson (Ohio State University) 

1997 Joel Best (University of Delaware)

1996 Peter M. Hall (University of Missouri)

1995 Arthur Vidich (Emeritus) 

1994 Carl Couch

 1993 Ralph Turner (UCLA)

1992 John Johnson (Arizona State University)

1991

Rom Harré

1990

Harvey Farberman

1989

Jack Douglas

1988

Lyn Lofland

1987

William Gamson

1986

Howard S. Becker

1985

Louis Zurcher

1984

Robert Perinbanayagam

1983

Morris Rosenberg

1982

Guy E. Swanson

1981

Fred Davis

1980

Lillian Rubin

1979

Alfred Lindesmith

1978

Herbert Blumer